Inclusion in the Jewish community - Commentary

Inclusion in the Jewish community

Steven M. Eidelman | Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:00 am

This commentary is part of a series from the Ruderman Family Foundation appearing on eJewishPhilan​ that explores the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community. It is reprinted with permission.

There is a growing movement in the Jewish community to include Jews with disabilities in all aspects of Jewish life, driven by the desires of families with children of all ages, people with disabilities themselves, professionals, advocates and private philanthropy. That’s the good news. The bad news is that segregation in some cases is increasing, not decreasing. New segregated schools, housing complexes and other forms of segregation are still being developed as new ideas, as inclusion. They are not.

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